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Food For Fines this August

Natick Service Council logoBe a superhero! Help us fight hunger in Natick this summer with the Morse Institute Library’s Food for Fines Program. Between August 1 and September 4, pay your overdue fines with new, non-perishable food or personal care items for the Natick Service Council.

Why collect in August? According to Patty Shaffer at the Natick Service Council, demand is up and supply is down. “Most of the groups that donate through the year do not meet during the summer months. While this is tough on its own, we also see an increase in food patron use in the summer. August is a great month for a boost in food donations.”

Last year the Food For Fines Program collected 2,627 pounds of food. With your help we can collect even more this year and help our Natick neighbors!

Most Wanted Items
Peanut Butter Jelly Bottled juice Cereal
Crackers Tuna Spaghetti sauce Canned fruit
Condiments Coffee Tea Hamburger Helper
Shampoo Soap Toothpaste Toilet paper

Offer not valid for damaged or lost library materials. Expired, unpackaged or opened items cannot be accepted.


Volunteer Opportunities in Natick

Natick Common. Photo by David Lounsbury https://www.flickr.com/photos/technodad/5675735944Looking for a way to help out in your community this summer? Plenty of non-profit local organizations are looking for volunteers! Check out this list of Natick volunteer opportunities available and find something that matches your skills and interests.

This list was developed during the Natick Volunteer Fair at the Natick Community-Senior Center Spring 2015. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact .

Find a volunteer opportunity

We also invite you to view these lightlights from the 2015 Natick Volunteer Fair:


Graphic Novels: Comics Grown Up

Graphic Novels at the Morse Institute Library!The term “graphic novel” can be a bit misleading, but a great way to look at them are as “book length comics.” Graphic novels can be fiction or non-fiction; anthology collections of serial comics or standalone books. But one thing is for sure – in recent years graphic novels have entered the mainstream and are recognized as a major success in the literary world.

All summer Jonathan Todd, Natick’s Graphic Novelist in Residence, has been sharing the development of his latest graphic novel “Oreo.” We asked Jonathan to give us a list of the books that he felt paved the way for this development of the graphic novel format:

Be sure to check out these and many more awesome graphic novels in our collection. They’re on every floor of the library for adults, teens and kids! And if you want to learn more about the rise of graphic novels be sure to come to Jonathan’s presentation on the history of graphic novels on July 25 at 11am.


Adult Summer Reading begins!

Read with your Natick libraries and win!

Adult Summer Reading at your Natick Libraries 2015Finally, a summer reading program for adults! The rules are simple: enter one raffle ticket for each day you check out any material from either the Bacon Free Library, the Morse Institute Library or the Bookmobile. If you’re checking out ebooks and digital audiobooks, you can enter the raffle too! Just email Dave Bartos at when you check out on your device to be entered.

There will be weekly prize drawings and a grand prize drawing at the end of the summer for a personalized cartoon portrait drawn by Sage Stossel, along with signed copies of her books Starling and On the Loose in Boston. We’ll be collecting entries from June 29th through August 22. Make time to visit your libraries, catch up on some enjoyable summer reading and you could be a winner!

There are no required lists of books – read whatever you want! However if you are looking for suggestions our library team is happy to help. To get you started here are a couple of book lists that are perfect for the summer:

This reading program is open to adults age 18 and up. Adult Summer Reading is presented in partnership with the Bacon Fre Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Bacon Free Library and the Morse Institute Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.


Natick’s Graphic Novelist in Residence

Jonathan Todd, Natick's Graphic Novelist in ResidenceWe are excited to welcome Jonathan Todd as Natick’s Graphic Novelist in Residence! Starting June 29 Jonathan will be sharing the creation of his latest graphic novel, “Oreo.” This 8-week evolving exhibit will give us a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating a graphic novel, from writing the story to laying out the art, and then putting it all together. Jonathan will be updating the exhibit weekly, so be sure to stop by the Morse Institute and the Bacon Free Library to see the latest developments!

Interested in learning more about graphic novels? Jonathan will also be presenting on the evolution of the graphic novel on Saturday, July 25 at 11am. He’ll take us through some of the names and titles that led to the acceptance of this literary genre, and share more about his own writing process.

The Natick Graphic Novelist in Residence program is presented in partnership with the Bacon Free Library and sponsored by the Friends of the Morse Institute Library.

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Knitting needles & crochet hooks now available!

Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks - on the second floor at the Morse Institute LibraryHave you always wanted to learn how to knit or crochet but didn’t want to buy all the different needles? Or maybe you have a particular project in mind that needs a special needle size? Well the Morse Institute Library has you covered with our new knitting needles and crochet hooks!

This unique collection is on our second floor near the Reference Desk. Sets can be checked out for three weeks, and you can renew them twice – plenty of time to complete an awesome scarf, hat or pair of mittens. And all of these needle sets can be requested through the library catalog and delivered to any Minuteman library!

And if you’re into knitting, why not check out the MIL Stitchers? Our service-orientated knitting and crocheting group, the MIL Stitchers work together to create handmade items for various nonprofit organizations. For more information contact Karen at or Fran at .

What we have

Knitter’s Pride nova platina single point needle set (Set 1)
Includes 9 pairs of 10-inch needles US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11

Knitter’s Pride nova platina double pointed 6″ sock needle set (Set 2)
Includes 6 sets of 5 double pointed needles US sizes 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3

Knitter’s Pride nova platina interchangeable deluxe set (Set 3)
Includes 9 knitting needle tips US sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11 ; 4 cords 24″, 32″ (2), 40″ ; 1 set of size markers, 8 end caps, 4 cord keys, 1 cord case

Knitter’s Pride nova platina interchangeable chunky set (Set 4)
Includes 3 knitting needle tips US sizes 13, 15, 17 ; 2 cords, 24″ & 32″ ; 4 end caps ; 2 cord keys

Knitter’s Pride crochet hooks (Set 5)
Includes 9 crochet hooks sizes C, D, E, F, G, 7, H, I, J

Knitter’s Pride interchangeable Tunisian/Afghan crochet hook set (Set 6)
Includes 8 interchangeable hooks size E/4, G/6, 7, H/8, I/9, J/10, K/10.5, L/11 ; 4 cords, 24″,32″ (2), 40″ ; 1 set connectors, 8 end caps, 54 cord keys

Questions? Call the Reference Desk at 508-647-6521 or email .


Artists & Exhibits: June and July 2015

Essex Marsh by Mary Hayes of the Wellesley Society of Artists. On display at the Morse Institute Library June 2015

Wellesley Society of Artists

First Floor Galleries and Lebowitz Meeting Hall, lower level

The Wellesley Society of Artists (WSA) is a community of artists founded in 1933 for the purpose of encouraging and supporting local artists, and for promoting fine arts in Wellesley. WSA objectives are to give members an opportunity to exhibit their work and provide a supportive environment. The Joy of Painting, on view throughout the Morse Institute Library, is a group exhibit featuring approximately 60 works by WSA members.


Craig Bystrynski photography. On display at the Morse Institute Library June 2015Craig Bystrynski: Photography

Virtual Gallery, First Floor

Craig is a Natick resident, who uses photography as a way to enjoy and explore our natural surroundings. Nature photography required time and patience, a welcome contrast to the demands of daily life.


Vines by the Sound & Spirit Choir. Now on display at the Morse Institute LibrarySound & Spirit Choir: Vines, Upcycled Materials

Atrium Stairwell

The Sound & Spirit Choir of Natick created the installation “Vines” using upcycled materials to represent their collective inter-generational commitment to preserving our beautiful planet.


Wake Up America! Natick in the First World War

Historical Exhibit Case, First Floor

A collaboration between the Natick Historical Society and the Library, this exhibit is a snapshot of Natick and its citizens a century ago including photos, documents, arts and more.


Portraits from the Legacy of Service Collection

WWII Photos, First Floor, Vietnam Era Photos, Second Floor

Photos collected by the Morse Institute Library, Legacy of Service Exhibit, Natick Veterans Oral History Project, and photos donated by local families.


Ten Weeks of Fun with the Morse Institute!

The Boston Light, one of many area attractions you can visit with the Morse Institute Library Adventure Passes!Are you looking for some fun this summer but don’t want to spend a lot of money? Look no further than the Morse Institute Library Adventure Passes! Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, you can take advantage of discount passes to twenty-seven area museums, zoos and attractions. Here are our top ten staff picks for the summer:

  1. Take a walk on the wild side and feed a giraffe at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI! Happening daily through October 31 from 11am-12pm and 2-3pm. Our pass gives you a $3 discount for up to four tickets, and the animal feeding is only $5.
  2. Take them out to the ball game with the Pawtucket Red Sox! Use the library pass and get $4 admission per person, or a group rate of $21 for six people. That leaves you with plenty leftover for some peanuts and Cracker Jack!
  3. Head over to the Franklin Park Zoo and get a rare glimpse of a baby gorilla born to Kiki on May 15! Use the library pass for up to six people – adults $6 and kids $4 each. This pass can also be used at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA.
  4. See the Rare Breed animals at Plimouth Plantation. These historic breeds of sheep, goats and cows represent the types of livestock found in the 17th century New England. Each pass admits 2 adults at $12 per adult and 2 children at $8 per child and includes admission to the Mayflower II in Plymouth Harbor!
  5. Cool breezes await you at the Boston Harbor Islands. Catch the ferry to the islands two for the price of one! This pass is only available Monday through Friday and you do need to make a boarding reservation.
  6. Movies in the Park at DeCordova Sculpture Park! Bring your blanket and stretch out on the lawn to enjoy family friendly movies. Free with the library pass! And be sure to check out the park’s other family programming all summer long.
  7. Spend time reading Thoreau’s Walden while sitting on the shore of Walden Pond. Get free car admission to Walden Pond and over 50 other Massachusetts State Parks with the library pass!
  8. Take the family to experience art hands-on at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston! Stroll the galleries and celebrate art with interactive family programs all summer long. The library pass gets $5 admission for two people, and children under 17 get in for free!
  9. Explore some of your favorite animated films with the Science Behind Pixar at the Museum of Science! This temporary exhibit opens in June, and with the library pass you’ll get $10 admission for up to four people.
  10. Celebrate the Summer Solstice with the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Enjoy an evening of live performance, food trucks and hands-on activities for all ages on Sunday, June 21 at 5pm! This event is free, and includes free admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Museum of Natural History. You won’t want to miss this special summer night!

Check out the entire list of Adventure Passes available from the library, and create your own can’t-miss experience this summer! You can reserve passes yourself online or call us at 508-647-6520 to reserve a pass or for more information.


Learn something new with lynda.com!

Online learning with lynda.com - now available at the Morse Institute Library online!Learn new skills and achieve your full potential with the Morse Institute Library and lynda.com, the leading online learning company. Through our library subscription you have unlimited access to high-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

With topics like business, software, technology and design you’ll be able to learn the skills needed to achieve your personal and professional goals. And certificates of completion help you to share your accomplishments in the real world!

All you need to get started is your library card number and PIN, and the latest version of Windows Media Player or Quicktime. You’ll be able to choose from hundreds of courses from business management to digital design. If you need help connecting to lynda.com contact our Reference Desk at 508-647-6521 or .

If you can connect to the Internet, you can learn anywhere, anytime! 

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Upcoming Summer Library Hours

summerHours15_2After this past winter, it’s a pleasure to finally be thinking about summer! Please note that our summer schedule will start on Tuesday, May 26:

  • Monday – Thursday: 10am-9pm
  • Friday: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-2pm
  • Sunday: Closed

In addition, we will be closed for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends:

  • Memorial Day: Closed Saturday, May 23; Sunday, May 24; and Monday May 25
  • Independence Day: Closed Friday, July 3; Saturday, July 4; and Sunday, July 5
  • Labor Day: Closed Saturday, September 5; Sunday, September 6; and Monday, September 7

We hope you have plenty of great things lined up for the warmer weather. And remember you can take the Morse Institute anywhere with our digital catalog – get your mobile device loaded up with library ebooks and hit the beach! For help using ebooks on your device just visit our Reference Desk on the 2nd floor or email to schedule an appointment with one of our librarians.